Presenters

Eric ZhuFollow

Academic department under which the project should be listed

RCHSS - Psychological Science

Faculty Sponsor Name

Paul Story

Abstract (300 words maximum)

There has been a focus on which leadership styles relate to certain outcomes, such as burnout, organizational commitment, and positive/negative affect. It appear that what predicts whether or not a person feels positively or negatively about their organization and how much burnout they experience is not predicted by leadership styles in and of itself, but rather how the leadership style satisfies or frustrates basic psychological needs. Although organizational commitment does not seem to be predicted by basic psychological needs solely and that leadership style does play a significant, if secondary, role in its prediction, I believe that to be due to how people are unable to leave or switch occupations as they desire. That is to say, due to people's need to eat, have shelter, and support a family, they would stay in organizations they would otherwise leave. However, need satisfaction does play a significant role in predicting whether or not a person is predicted to leave or stay in an organization. Furthermore, even if a person stays in an organization, whether they feel positive or negative affect about the organization and the level of burnout they experience has been shown to have a relationship with the quality of work they produce. In this regard, need satisfaction or frustration can help or hinder the success of an organization.

Disciplines

Industrial and Organizational Psychology

Project Type

Oral Presentation (15-min time slots)

How will this be presented?

Yes, in person

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The Mediation Basic Psychological Needs has on Leaderships Styles and Outcomes

There has been a focus on which leadership styles relate to certain outcomes, such as burnout, organizational commitment, and positive/negative affect. It appear that what predicts whether or not a person feels positively or negatively about their organization and how much burnout they experience is not predicted by leadership styles in and of itself, but rather how the leadership style satisfies or frustrates basic psychological needs. Although organizational commitment does not seem to be predicted by basic psychological needs solely and that leadership style does play a significant, if secondary, role in its prediction, I believe that to be due to how people are unable to leave or switch occupations as they desire. That is to say, due to people's need to eat, have shelter, and support a family, they would stay in organizations they would otherwise leave. However, need satisfaction does play a significant role in predicting whether or not a person is predicted to leave or stay in an organization. Furthermore, even if a person stays in an organization, whether they feel positive or negative affect about the organization and the level of burnout they experience has been shown to have a relationship with the quality of work they produce. In this regard, need satisfaction or frustration can help or hinder the success of an organization.

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